Raycroft summoned

LANCE HORNBY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:11 AM ET

Before last night's game, Andrew Raycroft was sounded out about when he might play net again for the Maple Leafs, perhaps one of the back-to-back games later this week in New Jersey and Montreal.

"That's hard to say if we're still winning," Raycroft said.

But Vesa Toskala's season-high fourth start didn't last 12 minutes last night as the Washington Capitals put four by him and Raycroft was summoned from the bench.

Toronto players will get today off, then have two days to get ready for the trip. But the return of defencemen Carlo Colaiacovo, Bryan McCabe and forwards Kyle Wellwood and Darcy Tucker likely won't be until next week.

"They have to get through one practice (pain free), then another, then a game-day skate and then beat someone out of the lineup," Maurice said yesterday morning.

Burning rivalry

The Leafs and Capitals could soon be playing to settle a 200-year-old score.

Two of the most significant events of War of 1812 were the Americans' burning of the provincial capital of York (later Toronto) and the retaliation of British troops by torching government buildings in Washington, including the presidential mansion. After the new paint job, it was re-named the White House.

When an international committee overseeing the 200th anniversary of the war meets next month, it's expected they'll approach the Leafs and Caps to make a future season's series some kind of challenge cup grudge match.

Kill the clock

Defenceman Hal Gill used an analogy from his high school football days to sum up the kind of conservative game the Leafs need to transfer from their trip back to the Air Canada Centre.

"Sometimes on the road, it's better to punt it and fight for another day," Gill said. "At home, you think you have to put on a show, but we have to ignore the fans and (keep it simple)."


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